June 18, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Wednesday's Tigers-Royals live tweets: Detroit falls again

Royals at Tigers

When: 1:08 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Comerica Park, Detroit

TV/radio: FSD/97.1

Follow the game with live tweets from our Tigers team:

Here’s what you need to know:

■ The Tigers, playing the third of a four-game series against the Royals, enter a game as the second-place team in their division for the first time this season. Kansas beat Detroit, 11-4, on Tuesday night to take over the American League Central Division lead.

■ Drew Smyly, Wednesday’s Tigers starter, has lost four of his last five decisions, and the Tigers have lost six of his previous eight starts. However, Smyly did have a strong performance in his most recent start, allowing one run on four hits over six innings in a 2-0 loss to the Twins.

■ The Tigers’ J.D. Martinez is on a seven-game hitting streak and is batting .407 (11-for-27) with four doubles, one home run and six runs batted in over his run.

■ Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez are hitting .350, .344 and .333, respectively, against Jeremy Guthrie, Wednesday’s Royals starter.

Here are some Tigers stories to catch up on prior to first pitch:

■ Tigers call up pitcher Chad Smith, designate Evan Reed for assignment

■ Tigers crowned by Royals, fall to second place

■ Tony Gwynn's death sobers up Tigers to chewing tobacco's hazards

■ Tigers get to work on remedies for Justin Verlander

■ Tigers slugger Victor Martinez puts premium on power, patience

Tigers lineup

1. Rajai Davis, LF

2. Ian Kinsler, 2B

3. Miguel Cabrera, DH

4. Victor Martinez, 1B

5. J.D. Martinez, RF

6. Alex Avila, C

7. Nick Castellanos, 3B

8. Don Kelly, CF

9. Eugenio Suarez, SS

SP: Drew Smyly (3-5, 3.58)

Royals lineup

1. Omar Infante (R) 2B

2. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B

3. Billy Butler (R) DH

4. Alex Gordon (L) LF

5. Salvador Perez (R) C

6. Lorenzo Cain (R) RF

7. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B

8. Alcides Escobar (R) SS

9. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF

SP: Jeremy Guthrie 3-6, (4.04)

Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly has lost four of his last five decisions, and the Tigers have lost six of his previous eight starts. / Robin Buckson / Detroit News